Finance Seminar with Yigitcan Karabulut, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

On Friday, November 19, Yigitcan Karabulut, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, will be giving a seminar on the paper: “Wealth Inequality: Opportunity or Unfairness?”

Friday, November 19, 2021 - 11:00 to 12:15

The Department of Finance is proud to announce the upcoming seminar with Yigitcan Karabulut, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

Yigitcan Karabulut will present:

Wealth Inequality: Opportunity or Unfairness?


This paper presents evidence of a new propagation mechanism for wealth inequality, based on differential responses, by education, to greater inequality at the start of economic life. It is motivated by a novel positive cross-country relationship between wealth inequality and perceptions of opportunity and fairness, which holds only for the more educated. Using unique administrative micro data and a quasi-field experiment of exogenous allocation of households, the paper finds that exposure to a greater top 10% wealth share at the start of economic life in the country leads only the more educated placed in locations with above-median wealth mobility to attain higher wealth levels and position in the cohort-specific wealth distribution later on. Underlying this effect is greater participation in risky financial and real assets and in self-employment, with no evidence for a labor income, unemployment risk, or human capital investment channel. This differential response is robust to controlling for initial exposure to fixed or other time-varying local features, including income inequality, and consistent with self-fulfilling responses of the more educated to perceived opportunities, without evidence of imitation or learning from those at the top.

Solbjerg Plads 3
2000 Frederiksberg
Room: TBA

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